Vegan brand OmniFoods (previously Right Treat) from Hong Kong this week debuted their OmniPork Luncheon Meat. A plant-based version of Hormel’s popular canned meat Spam. Spam was introduced in Asia by United States soldiers since World War II. And has since then remained a core ingredient in households and restaurant menus.
David Yeung, the founder of OmniFoods, a planet-friendly entrepreneur who owns the social enterprise Green Monday, developed their product from soybeans, wheat, beets, and coconut oil. This product has less sodium, no nitrates, and zero animal cruelty.
“Luncheon meat is a food that everyone in Asia has a love-hate relationship with,” Yeung said. “Eating isn’t just about filling up our stomachs and absorbing the daily nutrition we need. It’s also about satisfying our cravings. So I am very excited to finally provide a healthier plant-based alternative.”
In addition to the vegan spam, the company is also launching OmniPork Strip which is a plant-based version of pork shoulder. Both items will be available this week on the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Ming Court’s menu in Hong Kong. They will also be available in Green Monday’s vegan eatery Kind Kitchen. And starting in July, retail packs of the products will be available across Hong Kong stores.
Yeung founded OmniFoods with the aim of reducing meat consumption in Asia. The brand’s minced pork product, Omnipork is now on the menu of thousands of eateries across the region including 4,200 Starbucks locations in China.
The company spent 2 years on research to create Omnipork which is nutritionally superior, animal-free, and composed of a blend of plant-based proteins from pea, non-GMO soy, shiitake mushroom, and rice for complete protein. It contains no cholesterol, no antibiotic, hormone-free, cruelty-free, and 86% lower in saturated fat and 66% lower in calories than real pork, with much higher fiber, 2.6 times more calcium, and 127% higher in iron according to the company.